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Oil-free Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips by Unrefined Vegan

Oil-free Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips

  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Four layers of orange flavor make these quick and easy oil-free and low-sugar muffins a healthy indulgence. Throw in sugar-free chocolate chips and your mouth will be in heaven!



  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried orange peel, optional
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. orange oil
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use LIly’s Sweets stevia-sweetened chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees F and lightly oil 8 muffin cups.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange peel. In a small bowl whisk together the coconut sugar, orange juice, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, orange oil, and orange zest.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix until there are no dry bits. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. 
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared tins. I fill any empty muffin tins about halfway with water for even baking, but it’s not necessary. Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean (unless it hits a chocolate chip!). 
  5. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then gently extract them and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.


Replace the chocolate chips with chopped nuts, raisins, or dried cherries.

Keywords: muffins, snack, dessert, orange, chocolate, chocolate chips, baking, orange muffins, plant-based, vegan